How to purchase a notary bond in Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Secretary of State requires notary publics to post a surety bond to be eligible to operate in the state. The bonds protect the public from any financial losses resulting from the notary’s negligence or misconduct while performing notarial acts. They are issued for four-year terms and remain in effect unless canceled by the surety company.
You can apply online for the bond directly through a surety company or agency. After your application is approved, you will receive a surety bond quote with the bond premium. If you accept the quote, you pay the premium and the surety company issues you the bond.
Unlike other types of surety bonds, Oklahoma notary bonds do not require a credit check as part of the underwriting process. As a result, the bonds are often issued instantly upon completing the application.
How much is a notary bond in Oklahoma?
All Oklahoma notary publics must post a $1,000 surety bond. The surety company issuing the bond determines the percentage of the total bond amount you need to pay as a premium. Premiums for Oklahoma notary public bonds generally $20.
How to become a notary in Oklahoma?
To be appointed as a notary public in the State of Oklahoma you must meet the following requirements set forth by the Oklahoma Secretary of State.
- Be at least 18 years old
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must reside or work in Oklahoma
- Must not have been convicted of a felony
If you meet these requirements, you can receive your notary commission by completing the following steps:
- Complete the notary application
- Post the $15,000 surety bond
- Take an oath of office
- Purchase notary supplies
- Obtain errors and omissions insurance (optional)
There is a $25 filing fee for applications. After you are approved, the Secretary of State’s office will email you the notary commission certificate. You will then have 60 days to file the surety bond, oath of office, and an additional $10 fee with the Secretary of State’s office. For more details on becoming a notary public in Oklahoma, you can visit the Oklahoma Secretary of State website.